Let’s Make a Blanket In One Day

It’s Tuesday, but it feels like Monday because the kids were out of school yesterday.  I woke up feeling behind yet motivated.  So I am sitting in my crafting space watching my favorite reality drama with two unfinished projects and a long list of to dos for today. The coffee is hot and there is a chill in the air as another snow storm moves into the area.  The quiet in the house today will hopefully keep me focused, but this weather has me wanting to pile yarn over my lap and make the biggest, warmest blanket I possibly can!

In fact, I think that’s exactly what I’ll do.  I’ll grab some super bulky yarn and before the sun sets on today I should have a really nice soft blanket to keep me warm until Spring!!

I have made quite a few blankets using super bulky yarn.  Most of them have been baby blankets for friends that are expecting, or throw blankets for the house.  There are a ton of free patterns out there and all of them can be modified to a larger or smaller size; but you don’t need a pattern…Really.  I’ll show you how, but first….

Here are two blankets that I made last year…

Baby Boy Blanket

Baby Girl Blanket

Aren’t they great?!?  These are super soft and warm for brand new babies!! The size of a baby blanket is normally 35″ x 35″ so these work up in just a couple of hours!!

They do eat up the yarn though.  The baby blankets typically take two to three skeins depending upon the tightness of the stitches.  The boy blanket above took just over three skeins and the girl blanket took two skeins almost exactly.

Oh, you will need the bigger hooks too if you don’t have them already.  I work most bulky blankets with the 9.00 mm or 11.00 mm hook.

Before you start, you will want to know what size blanket you want to make so your shopping list will be correct.  I found this wonderful compilation of sizing for blankets that I want to share with you.  The list can be found here.  Be sure to pin it or print it for future reference.

This blanket is the only one I have made for myself so far….and yet it is usually found in the living room warming little girl legs 🙂

Cream Blanket.jpg

It’s a beautiful blanket and I can throw it in the washer and dryer along with other linens, so it isn’t a high maintenance piece either.  This blanket is a twin size and if I remember correctly I used almost 10 skeins of yarn before the blanket was finished.

I created these blankets using three different types of stitches and without a written pattern!!  That is how easy making a blanket can be!

The key is to make your foundation row the width of the blanket you are creating.  When you have the correct measurement, you may need to verify that your stitch count works for the type of stitches you want to use.

For example:  I used the star stitch for the cream colored blanket.  This stitch requires an even number—and the foundation chain ends on an odd number to allot for the single crochet start on Row 1.

Once you have your count right, you are off to the races!

If you are just starting to learn crochet, working simple stitches with bulky yarn can be very satisfying and make you feel accomplished.  It is hard to fail with these kind of projects.

If you are still not sure how to proceed without a written pattern, I have been lucky enough to find a super simple beginner pattern for a bulky baby blanket at Rescued Paw Designs.  Her pattern is very easy to read and she has some great photos of her blanket too!

Should you make one, I would love to see it!  I think I am going to make today’s blanket into a circle….maybe a mandala pattern……oh boy!  I’m feeling inspired all of the sudden.  Time to pin some ideas!

Check back to see what I find and as always…..Happy Hooking!

 

 

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